Glenna Joyce Grubb 62 of Wurtland KY went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at her residence.
She was born in Portsmouth OH on January 3, 1954 a daughter of Leo Harlan & Hazel Gertrude Murray Osborne.
She was a member of the Wurtland Church of God.
She is survived along with her mother by her husband Billy Joe Grubb; three sons, Andrew Joseph Grubb and his wife Michele of Cumberland MD, Benjamin Joel Grubb and his wife Ryan of Beaver Falls PA and David Jonathan Grubb and his wife Kacie of Cumberland MD; five grandchildren, Ethan Grubb, Elijah Grubb, Eden Grubb, Judah Grubb and Olivia Grubb; a brother, Roger Osborne of Load; a sister, Jeanie Bradley and her husband Bill of Tipp City OH and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Wurtland Church of God by Sister Debbie Leonhart.
Burial followed in the Osborne Cemetery in Load KY.
Online condolences may be made at www.wrightsfuneralhome.com.
Kathleen Tackett 84 of Greenup KY went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 14, 2015 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell KY.
She was born in Williamson WV on August 21, 1931 the youngest daughter of the late Ernest & Virgie Maynard Runyon.
She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death along with her parents by her husband, James E. “Jim” Tackett and five sisters, Louise Sizemore, Virginia McBrayer, Luna Dillow, Viola Gilliam and Gladys McDaniels.
She is survived by a son, Kim A. Tackett and his wife Callie of Greenup; three grandchildren, Chad Tackett, Kylie Tackett and Cory Hylton; one great grandchild, Edward Cook Hylton and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Wright’s Funeral Home in Greenup KY by Elders Gary Blevins, Paul Boggs and Salev Combs.
Burial followed in the Smith Branch Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.wrightsfuneralhome.com.
Samuel Keith Butler, 60, of Flatwoods, formerly of Ashland, died peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
He was born Dec. 4, 1955, in Louisa, the youngest child of the late Robert L. and Louella Young Butler. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Butler and Harold Butler, and a nephew, Michael Butler.
Sam was a 1973 graduate of Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School, a 1975 graduate of Ashland Community College and a 1977 graduate of Morehead State University. He was a member of Theta Alphi Phi (Unversity Theatre Fraternity) and attained a Bachelor of Speech and Theatre, acquired AMED in Secondary Education, and achieved Rank 1 Educational Administration. He referred to his time at Morehead as "the best years of his life." While at the MSU Theatre department, he made so many of his life-long friends, whom he stayed in touch with, regularly visited and continued to travel with.
He began his career at Lawrence County High School in 1978 teaching English, Speech and Drama. Sam then became an educator for the Ashland school system, starting first at Paul G. Blazer high school in 1980 and then at George M. Verity Middle school in 1988. While in the classroom, he taught Englis, Speech, Debate, Theatre Arts/Drama and Media. In 1984, he took on the role of Assistant Principle at Verity. In 1996, he was appointed District Director of Pupil and Personnel Achievement until he retired in 2005.
Throughout his career in education, Sam participated in a number of organizations and associations such as National Education Association from 1978 to 2005, Kentucky Education Association from 1978 to 2005, Ashland Education Association from 1980 to 2005, where he served one term as vice president and one term as president.
He was also a member of Kentucky Association of School Administrators from 1996 to present and Kentucky Association of Assesment Coordinators from 1996 to 2005. Sam loved teaching, loved working wiwth his peers and he loved his students. During retirement, Sam served as a part time National City/PNC Bank Scholarship administrator from 2006 - 2011.
His eclectic taste in film, literature and television made him a trivia enthusiast. Whether it was playing "Trivial Pursuit" with friends or auditioning for TV game shows "Jeopardy!" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," he rarely, if ever, didn't have the right answer.
If you got to know Sam, you'd also be introduced to his ardent fandom of "Dark Shadows." He would vividly recount coming home from school one afternoon and becoming entranced at the sight of a pale hand emerging from a coffin on set of the daytime soap. Sam accumulated various "Dark Shadows"-themed memorabilia, such as CDs of the radio serials, all of the "Dark Shadows" TV show, first on VHS and then later on DVD, and Barnabas Collins' trademark wolf-head cane. Sam was not shy about sharing his disappointment in the most recent big-screen adaptation by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. He would quip, "They should have called me!"
Sam's love and reverence of the theater are second to none, having performed in and directed hundreds of productions throughout the Tri-State. He was a lifetime member of the International Thespian Society, served as a board member for the Performing Arts Guild of Ashland from 1973 to 1986, the Northeastern Kentucky Arts Council from 2000 to 2005, the Backstage Players of Ashland from 2006 to 2008 and was president and co-founder of The Red Lion Theatre Company from 2008 to 2010. Sam's knack for delivering a punchline or a pun and his comedic timing made him a sight to see in shows like "Bye, Bye Birdie," Li'l Abner," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Greater Tuna" and "The Odd Couple." By far, Sam's favorite role was Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," having portrayed the character in three separate productions, and of the many plays and musicals he directed, including "Harvey," "A Christmas Story," "The Music Man" and many more. The one he loved most was "God's Favorite."
Sam's credits at Paul G. Blazer High School include "David and Lisa" (1970), the Porter; "Thieves Carnival" (1971), Lord Edgard; "Up the Down Staircase" (1972), Principal Maxwell E. Clarke; "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1972), Mr. Van Daan; "Adaptation" (1973), the male player, which won Best Play in regional competition and third place in state competition and for which he won Best Actor in regional competition; and "Little Shop of Horrors" (2004), Mr. Muschnik.
Sam's credits at Marshall University included "A Night of One Acts" (1975), various roles; "Bad Habits" (1976), Hiram Spane/Mr. Ponce; "Celebration" (1976), Edgar Allan Rich, his first musical, "The Little Foxes" (1976), Oscar Hubbard; "The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch" (1976), The Parson; "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1977), Dale Harding; "The Beggar's Opera" (1977), Mr. Peachum; "God's Favorite" (1977), Joe Benjamin; and "Cabaret" (1977), Herr Schulz.
Sam's credits at the Ashland Performing Arts Guild/Ashland Theatre Guild include "Stage Door" (1973), David Kingsley; "Ten Little Indians" (1974), Rogers, the Butler; "Rumplestiltskin" (1974), the King; "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (1974), the president; "Laura" (1975), Detective Lt. Mark McPherson; "The Little Foxes" (1977), Benjamin Hubbard; "Harvey" (1978), Dr. Lyman Sanderson; "Li'l Abner" (1980), Marryin' Sam; "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1981), Pseudolus/Prologus;""Gypsy" (1981), Herbie; "You Can't Take It With You" (1982), IRS agent; "Same Time Next Year" (1983), George Peters; "Dark of the Moon" (1983), Uncle Smellicue; "Anything Goes" (1983), Moonface Martin; "Annie" (1984), Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks; "Bye Bye Birdie" (1985), Harry McAfee; "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1986), Sheridan Whiteside; and "My Fair Lady" (1986), Henry Higgins.
Sam's credits with the Huntington Community Players include "The Solid Gold Cadillac (1981), Business Executive; "That Championship Season" (1982), George Sitkowski; "Sabrina Fair" (1983), Linus Larrabee; and "The Unwicked Witch" (1984), Grandfather.
Sam's credits with Portsmouth Little Theatre include "Something's Afoot" (1992), Colonel Gillweather; "Daddy's Dyin'; "Who's Got the Will" (1993), Orville Turnover; "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1994), Pseudolus/Prologus.
Sam's credits with Huntington Outdoor Theatre include "Li'l Abner" (1994), Marryin' Sam; "My Fair Lady" (1999), Harry/Cockney Quartet; and "1776" (2001), Roger Sherman.
Sam's credits with ACTC Theatre include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (2000), Big Daddy; "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (2003), Pseudolus/Prologus; "Annie" (2004), Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks; "Greater Tuna" (2005), Harold Lattimer/Reverend Spikes; "The Wizard of Oz" (2005), the Wizard/Professor Marvel; "A Christmas Carol" (2005), Jacob Marley; "Equus" (2007), Dr. Martin Dysart; and "Love Letters" (2010), Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.
Sam's credits with the Southern Ohio Museum include "The Odd Couple" (2006), Manolo Costazuela (female version).
Sam's credits with Marshall University include "Same Time Next Year" (1984), George Peters.
Sam's credits with The Red Lion Theatre Company include "The Whole Town's Talking" (2008), Henry Simmons; "Bye Bye Birdie" (2008), Harry MacAfee; "Sophistry" (2009), Whitey McCoy; and "The Odd Couple" (2009), Oscar Madison.
Sam's credits with Greenup Growing with the Arts include "A Penny's Worth of Character" (2008), Storyteller/Storekeeper; and "Songs of a Mountain Plowman" (2012), Jesse Stuart.
Sam's credits with the Boyd County Arts Council include "Love Letters" (2012), Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.
Sam's directorial credits include "My Sister Eileen" (1975/1980), Performing Arts Guild; "The White House Murder Case" (1977), Morehead State University; "Cactus Flower" (1978), Performing Arts Guild; "The Music Man" (1979), Performing Arts Guild; "Cabaret" (1979), Performing Arts Guild; "Vanities" (1981), Huntington Community Players; "God's Favorite" (1981), Performing Arts Guild; "Oklahoma" (1982), Performing Arts Guild; "On Golden Pond" (1983), Huntington Community Players; "When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet" (one-act play) (1984), Paul G. Blazer High School; "The Sound of Music" (1984), Performing Arts Guild; "The Kentucky Marriage Proposal," (one-act play). (1985), Paul G. Blazer High School; "Oliver" (1985), Ashland Theatre Guild; "My Sister Eileen" (1985), Ashland Theatre Guild; "The Good Doctor" (one-act play), (1986), Paul G. Blazer High School; "Chapter Two" (1986), Ashland Theatre Guild; "righton Beach Memoirs" (1990), Ashland Theatre Guild; "Biloxi Blues" (1991), Ashland Theatre Guild; "My Sister Eileen" (1995), Ashland Backstage Players; "A Christmas Story" (2006), Ashland Backstage Players; and "Harvey" (2009), The Red Lion Theatre Company.
Oftentimes, if Sam wasn't directly involved with a play or musical, he was planning a trip to see one on tour or on Broadway. Traveling to New York and seeing shows with friends was one of Sam's great pleasures. For many yearsn he was a season ticket holder at the Aronoff in Cincinnati. He often supported the theater department at his alma mater of Morehead by attending shows whenever possible and he even made the odd trip to Washington, D.C, to catch a performance.
Sam inspired this same love of and devotion to the theater in those around him.
He loved his family dearly and adored his world of friends, friends he had far and wide in nearly every part of the country. Sam gave so very much to so very many and he will be forever in the hearts and memories of those who knew him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his two sisters, Janice Webb and Betty VanHorn, both of Flatwoods; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Butler and Louise Holbrook; nieces Susan Jackson and Vicki (Jeff) Bullion; nephews Steven (Stephanie) Butler and Michael (April) Butler; great-nieces Sophia Butler and Katherine Bullion; great-nephews Nathan, Noah and Luke Butler, Phillip R. (Samantha) Blair and Nicholas Blair; and a dear friend of 55 years, Stephen H. Hunt.
A celebration of Sam's life was conducted Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Steen Funeral Home-13th-Street Chapel in Ashland, with his dear friend, Father Bill Burks, officiating.
He was be laid to rest beside his parents in Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa, with words of comfort by Pastor Keith Crum.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolences may be left at steenfuneralhome.com.